Stylebook
An Introduction
SO …
The Book
• AP says: it’s “part dictionary, part
textbook, part encyclopedia.”
The Book (2)
• Sets consistent rules for grammar,
spelling, punctuation and use of
language by news organizations.
• Organ...
The Book (3)
• Many entries will point the reader
to other entries within the
stylebook for more information.
• AP Style d...
Don’t Be Confused
Al-Qaida
Al-Qaeda
al-Qaida (AP style)
Al qaida
al-Qaeda
Al Qaida
Important Entries
• Dates
• Time
• Addresses
• Money
• Numerals
• Capitalization
• State names
• Courtesy Titles
• Dimensi...
But Wait, There’s More
• Proper Nouns
• Abbreviations & acronyms
• Directions & regions
Tricky Entries
• Is it Los Angeles (California, CA or
Calif.)? Answer: under “States
Names” = Calif.
• It is Lt. Joe Smith...
Key Rules
• Numbers: 0-9 = spell out; 10 and
above, use numerals
• Months, states, streets: abbreviate,
unless it has six ...
Key rules (2)
Addresses:
• abbreviate when specific –
2842 S. Spring St.
• spell out when indirect –
2000 block of South S...
Punctuation
• Comma (,) In a series:
Use commas to separate elements in
a series, but not before conjunctions
such as and ...
Referring to People, 1
• On first reference, list the person’s
full name.
• On second reference, just list their
last name...
Referring to People, 2
• Do not include Mr., Ms. or titles
such as Dr. or Sgt.
• 1st: Dr. Jane Kim … 2nd: Kim said …
Other Key Entries
• Academic Degrees, Departments &
Titles
• Composition Titles (movies, books,
etc.)
Trademark Basics
• It’s branding – words or phrases
that ARE a company’s identity.
• GENERAL RULE: Trademarks
MUST be capi...
Trademark vs Generic
• Dumpster = large metal trash bin
• Kleenex = facial tissue
• Rollerblade = in-line skates
• Xerox =...
Spellings/Usage
• judgment not judgement
• traveled not travelled
• canceled not cancelled
• phase = stage or period; faze...
Spellings/Usage
• doughnuts not donuts
• blonde = woman; blond = man
• farther = distance; further =
passage of time
• men...
Spellings/Usage
• alumnus = man
• alumni = several men; mixed group
• alumna = woman
• alumnae = several women
• 12 p.m. =...
Separate Sections
• Business
• Sports
• Social Media
• Food
• Fashion
• Religion
• Punctuation
• Media Law
So, If You Don’t Want This
Do This …
Here’s How …
• Know what to look up.
• And how to find it.
• Train yourself to stop and look up
any word(s) that could be
...
Then …
PS: See class website for latest updates.
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Ap style.essentials

  1. 1. Stylebook An Introduction
  2. 2. SO …
  3. 3. The Book • AP says: it’s “part dictionary, part textbook, part encyclopedia.”
  4. 4. The Book (2) • Sets consistent rules for grammar, spelling, punctuation and use of language by news organizations. • Organized alphabetically, i.e. rules on addresses under “A;” rules on religious references under “R;” etc.
  5. 5. The Book (3) • Many entries will point the reader to other entries within the stylebook for more information. • AP Style does not necessarily follow the standard rules of English composition.
  6. 6. Don’t Be Confused Al-Qaida Al-Qaeda al-Qaida (AP style) Al qaida al-Qaeda Al Qaida
  7. 7. Important Entries • Dates • Time • Addresses • Money • Numerals • Capitalization • State names • Courtesy Titles • Dimensions • Ages
  8. 8. But Wait, There’s More • Proper Nouns • Abbreviations & acronyms • Directions & regions
  9. 9. Tricky Entries • Is it Los Angeles (California, CA or Calif.)? Answer: under “States Names” = Calif. • It is Lt. Joe Smith, but Los Angeles Sheriff’s Deputy Holly Reed. More under “Military Titles”
  10. 10. Key Rules • Numbers: 0-9 = spell out; 10 and above, use numerals • Months, states, streets: abbreviate, unless it has six or fewer letters • Use the words billion/million rather than zeros: $10 million, not $10,000,000
  11. 11. Key rules (2) Addresses: • abbreviate when specific – 2842 S. Spring St. • spell out when indirect – 2000 block of South Spring Street
  12. 12. Punctuation • Comma (,) In a series: Use commas to separate elements in a series, but not before conjunctions such as and / or:  The flag is red, white and blue.  He would nominate Tom, Dick or Harry.
  13. 13. Referring to People, 1 • On first reference, list the person’s full name. • On second reference, just list their last name. • 1st: Jane Kim said she enjoys skating… 2nd: but Kim said skating can be dangerous.
  14. 14. Referring to People, 2 • Do not include Mr., Ms. or titles such as Dr. or Sgt. • 1st: Dr. Jane Kim … 2nd: Kim said …
  15. 15. Other Key Entries • Academic Degrees, Departments & Titles • Composition Titles (movies, books, etc.)
  16. 16. Trademark Basics • It’s branding – words or phrases that ARE a company’s identity. • GENERAL RULE: Trademarks MUST be capitalized; otherwise, use a generic term instead.
  17. 17. Trademark vs Generic • Dumpster = large metal trash bin • Kleenex = facial tissue • Rollerblade = in-line skates • Xerox =photocopy • Levi’s = jeans • Frisbee = flying disc
  18. 18. Spellings/Usage • judgment not judgement • traveled not travelled • canceled not cancelled • phase = stage or period; faze = mood • entitled = a right; titled = name of …
  19. 19. Spellings/Usage • doughnuts not donuts • blonde = woman; blond = man • farther = distance; further = passage of time • menswear not men’s wear
  20. 20. Spellings/Usage • alumnus = man • alumni = several men; mixed group • alumna = woman • alumnae = several women • 12 p.m. = noon; 12 a.m. = midnight
  21. 21. Separate Sections • Business • Sports • Social Media • Food • Fashion • Religion • Punctuation • Media Law
  22. 22. So, If You Don’t Want This
  23. 23. Do This …
  24. 24. Here’s How … • Know what to look up. • And how to find it. • Train yourself to stop and look up any word(s) that could be presented in varying ways: spelled two ways, capitalized or lower case, spelled out or abbreviated …
  25. 25. Then …
  26. 26. PS: See class website for latest updates.

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